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Leader of anti-gay Russian vigilante group back in Russia and under arrest

Monday, January 27, 2014

MOSCOW — The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, is back on Russian soil Monday and in custody after being deported by Cuban authorities.

A spokesperson for the Russian Federal Security services told LGBTQ Nation that Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, also known by his street nickname “Tesak” (or, the “Cleaver”) arrived at the Russian capital’s Sheremetyevo Airport after a direct flight from Havana, and was immediately detained by Russian law enforcement.

Martsinkevich had been formally charged and arrested in absentia on Dec. 13, 2013, by Moscow’s Kuntsevskiy court.

He is being held on charges of committing a crime under Art. 282 of the Russian Criminal Code – incitement of hatred or enmity and human dignity with violence – in connection with videos that his anti-gay Russian group “Occupy Pedophilia” had posted online.

Martsinkevich fled Russia in November to the Ukraine, where he allegedly attacked and physically abused a former contestant of the Ukrainian franchise of the British talent competition, “The X Factor.”

Yuvlena Frolyak, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Sevastopol, told LGBTQ Nation that her office had also issued an arrest warrant based on the criminal complaint filed by the victim.

After Ukrainian officials charged Martsinkevich, he fled to Cuba in late December, where on Jan. 17 he was detained by Cuban law enforcement for violating that country’s immigration laws based in part on the arrest and detain warrant issued by Russian authorities.

Martsinkevich’s identity was confirmed via fingerprints according to the Russian FSB source, who told LGBTQ Nation that the Cubans had also seized passports and other allegedly falsified identity documents not in his name.

At the time of his arrest, a laptop computer, mobile phone, and other equipment belonging to him were seized as evidence.

Martsinkevich is no stranger to the Russian legal system. In July 2007, he was arrested and then sentenced to three years in prison under the same Criminal Code Article 282, part 1, when, as a leader of the far-right extremist group Format18, he had orchestrated the manufacture and sale of videos with scenes depicting the torture of homeless people and Asian guest workers.

The group also held a “mock” hanging of an alleged drug dealer from the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan.

Martsinkevich was released in December 2010, sometime after which he formed his current group, “Occupy Paedophilia,” which has produced numerous videos on the Russian social media giant VK.com as well as YouTube, documenting harassment and abuse of suspected LGBT youth, and men the group claims were seeking to have sex with minor boys.

Pending the outcome at trial, he faces a possible sentence of 3–5 years imprisonment.

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  1. luring children for sex is wrong, but luring them to abuse is acceptable…….but only for str8 people. ah! i get it now!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:41pm
  2. Yeah. In custody until after the Games are over.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:41pm
  3. Yeah, and watch the charges be dropped due to some unforeseen circumstances….doubt he will spend a single night in jail…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:42pm
  4. At least we know who he is now. He'll have some issues with travel to say the least.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:52am
  5. another real dirtbag!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:43pm
  6. Good. Make him pay.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:44pm
  7. Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy…..

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:45pm
  8. He is probably a closet, with anger issues!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:48pm
  9. The persisting myth that being gay is in someway synonymous with pedophilia is so very, very dangerous. When a man molests a young girl they do not condemn heterosexuality? The ignorance is maddening.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:48pm
  10. It appears that the Russia government is trying to do something positive. Of course I am a bit skeptical and think this is just for show and he will not be penalized. People in Russia only get arrested and put in jail when they criticize the government or are a minority. Violence and human rights violations are ok.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:49pm
  11. Let him rot!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:49pm
  12. A dying country!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:51pm
  13. Here’s to hoping he gets used as a dirty cumbag bitch in jail…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:57pm
  14. I would never returned him to that hell hole. He is probably put up in a suite somewhere by Dictator Putin.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm
  15. Anti gay extremist, well that tells Putin he was all wrong about gays.
    Mr President, we have proof here in America that in watching all kidnappings of children are not all gay people. Watch America’s Most wanted or check the Amber Alerts! I for one is for this programming because its people that work with these programs to put criminals behinds bars.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm
  16. I have this theory that homophobic people are harboring gay fantasies….

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:02pm
  17. I just don’t get the whole Gay-bashing thing. A) It is simply IGNORANT. B) Every gay guy increases the odds, for men…to find women.

    Furthermore, when I am bullied, I “Pick up the Difference” (pipe, sharp metal, bat…whatever is handy). Huge m@therf*ckers are afraid, of me, and become my defenders. I used to be mistaken, for a woman, daily, at my normal weight. I Had to Hold my Own, in factories.

    The way I see it (having been bullied throughout school and highschool, to the point of nearly offing the Jocks, with a gun)…..

    If a person is bullied, they have every Right, to Kill, maim, beat, or Torture BULLIES.

    In fact, I suggest Gay Gangs. The Outfits would be Fabulous. B-)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:05pm
  18. id give my right leg that this dude is gay!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:06pm
  19. Aside the fact that I could see him starring in a hot leather/bear porn….does he have a job? I mean who in the fxxx has time to do all this and still maintain life…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:07pm
  20. Lives with mommy...

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:10pm
  21. I bet he is gay and unable to accept it

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:09pm
  22. Russia is never gonna get it, when it comes to governing their society! Seems like a historical fact!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:12pm
  23. Looks like a Cock sucker to me

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:32pm
  24. .. good. I hope he goes to prison and drops the soap. repeatedly.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:43pm
  25. Good!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:46pm
  26. i somehow see russia “misplacing” him

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:47pm
  27. And they think Gays are sick!?!?! Puhhhhllleeeeze!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:47pm
  28. Hahahahahahahahaha !!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:50pm
  29. Piece of shit hate filled coward

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:52pm
  30. MMMMM SEX IN PRISON,,,,

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:57pm
  31. I guess they extradite from Cuba. Who knew? LOL

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:03pm
  32. ‘Scuse me, but gaydar is PEGGED by this dude. Beating us up is symbolic; it’s not what he really wants to be doing.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:16pm
  33. Who is the cute boy who broke his heart? (Why so much hate?)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:17pm
  34. Throw the thug – bully of the vigilante group in jail.’

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:30pm
  35. putin and those fools will drop the charges

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:44pm
  36. Good keep his ass in jail.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:45pm
  37. Another scumbag fnuk3r in denial!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:47pm
  38. He looks like he could be Chelsea’s most eligible bachelor ;)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:53pm
  39. This is a real piece of work, no doubt closeted and VERY dangerous. I sincerely hope he doesn’t see the light of day for quite some time.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:55pm
  40. Why did they send him back to Russia? He could stay in a Cuban Prison!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  41. Isn’t this guy a pornstar of some sort? lol That’s cray!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:11pm
  42. That guy looks so gay.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:52pm
  43. 5 star cell with all the trimmings to be sure

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:54pm
  44. Yeah. And queer too.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:02pm
  45. he is so hot..omg

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:14pm
  46. Hello! My name is Jacob Grey and I’m a 25 year old singer/songwriter. I got inspired by the situation Russian LGBT’s are in at the moment, so I wrote a song called ‘Hold On’, the song is about the struggle many LGBT’s experience when it comes to self-acceptance or the struggle of not being able to be who you are in certain (read: most) countries. Lets spread some Hope! x
    https://soundcloud.com/jacobgreyofficial/hold-on

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:25pm
  47. Good xxx

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:08am
  48. See the smirk?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:13am
  49. hes not man enough to be with a man..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:38am
  50. SOB!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:42am
  51. No justice…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:44am
  52. Soon to go free I’m sure. The “gay panic” defense will work in Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:55am
  53. Will Russia punish him or make him a hero?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:42am
  54. I hate to say this, but thank god Russia doesn’t support violence, altho they’ve done terrible terrible things to the gay community, “at least” they don’t support violence or extremist they could’ve not done anything to this guy and let him do nasty things, I will give them a tiny bit of credit that

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:53am
  55. He tortured homeless people and asian workers??? WHAT THE HELL?? Does he think hes still in fuckin middle school??? This guy is just a big bully! He needs to be taught a lesson in hurting others. Hes and adult, he should have matured past the immature middle schooler phase a long time ago.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:26am
  56. What a Dirty Fascist~Fuck, and No doub’t Sadist Closet Queer!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:42am
  57. lock him up in soldery confindemnet!! arsehole !!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:10am
  58. PRISON FOR LIFE

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:47am
  59. Bet he gets no punishment at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:47am
  60. Hope they have some local Bubbas in russian prisons ..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4:12am
  61. I hope he gets ass rapped every day an night

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4:58am
  62. Sure, let’s see how long that lasts. Him and Putin probably have each others phone numbers. Oh and speaking of the proverbial devil, here’s a news report on the New York Times about Putin’s next anti-equality agenda. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/opinion/russias-anti-gay-crackdown.html?_r=0

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:28am
  63. Shoot the basted

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5:32am
  64. I’m glad he’s in jail!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:15am
  65. A ) This guy looks like a thug and a bully.
    B ) Why are people always so quick to jump to the “Oh, he looks gay/he’s so gay/he’s obviously a closet case/etc” mudslinging and insults? That is one thing I will never understand.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:36am
  66. …and will be in charge of the Olympics, I’m sure.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:40am
  67. Send him to a gulog camp in siberia

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:12am
  68. With putin and the rest

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:12am
  69. Hes not hot .hes a jerk and is sick inthe head

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:14am
  70. Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean your a pedi file jerk

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:15am
  71. GOOD

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:21am
  72. i suppose there’s a government position waiting for him.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:48am
  73. He should pay for his crimes! #noh8

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:07am
  74. Evil…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:11pm
  75. 3 – 5 years is not long enough…he should get life without pardon for his horrific crimes!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:50pm
  76. Occupy pedophilia would be an anti child predator group, not anti gay but okay..

    They should really know what they stand for if they wanna do something

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:38pm
  77. good :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:24pm